The Camp Y Kids Counselor brings quality, coordinated activities, and services in a wide range of offerings to day camp. The Camp Y Kids Counselor manages all aspects of the program experience including set-up, program implementation, and teardown, by leading the children directly. The Camp Y Kids Counselor will assist in development and planning of the program. The Camp Y Kids Counselor will implement and lead all program curriculums.
Essential Functions/Primary Roles and Responsibilities:
- Have passion and excitement for the YMCA mission, believe in and live out the core values, committed to continuous quality of the program, and enjoy your work!
- Maintains high visibility in all program areas with participants, leading programs, and engaging with all participants.
- Responds to member concerns in a professional and timely manner, utilizing good conflict management and active listening skills, seeking a positive solution-oriented outcome.
- Ensure that total staff-camper interaction is achieved during “All Camp Activities,” field trips, and aquatic activities; Participate fully in all camper programs including indoor, outdoor, off-site, and swimming activities.
- Prepare and teach specific skills as they relate to the daily and weekly goals of camp.
- Positively redirect unwanted children behavior by using appropriate methods as defined by YMCA policies, procedures, and Social-Emotional Learning techniques.
- Respond, report, and document all accidents/incidents to the Camp Y Kids Coordinator.
- Attend and participate in weekly quality control meetings with Camp Y Kids Coordinator and Director of Youth Development.
- Attend comprehensive training program prior to first camp session.
- Assist in evaluating the entire camp operation with suggestions for the following session.
- Prepare, administer and collect evaluations from parents regarding camp.
- Additional tasks as assigned.
- Experience working with school-aged youth (experience in summer camps and/or OST environment is a big PLUS)
- Experience working with groups of children between the ages of 3 and 12
- CPR/First Aid Certified or ability to obtain within first two weeks of employment
- Working knowledge of 5 practice areas of Character Development Learning, Social-Emotional Learning, and/or Trauma-Informed tools is highly desired
- Excellent organizational skills, including timely behaviors.
- Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
- Attention to detail, and ability to both manage projects and participants.
- Ability to be resourceful in a rapidly changing environment.
- Be creative, goofy, energetic, and HAVE FUN!